The Broncos take a 10-0 lead into the locker room at halftime behind a run-heavy attack and a stiff defensive effort.
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Denver has outgained Kansas City 169-72, with all of those yards coming on the ground with the Broncos read-option running attack. Six different players have carried the ball for the Broncos, with Knowshon Moreno leading the pack with 52 yards. Moreno and starter Willis McGahee were injured early in the game however, making Lance Ball the only healthy running back for the Broncos. He’s taken the duty in stride, leading the team with 12 carries for 47 yards.
On the other side of the ball, the Broncos shutout the Chiefs in the first half, the first time the defense has done that this season, but the 96th time Denver has done that in its history. In that situation, the Broncos are an NFL-best 28-1 since 1994. In this game, the defense has held Kansas City to an average gain of just 2.8 yards per play, compared to 5.3 for Denver’s offense, and have sacked quarterback Matt Cassel three times. They’ve also prevented the Chiefs from moving the ball as Kansas City is just 1-for-6 on third down.